Anchorage police say a man who stabbed someone he was trying to steal from early Wednesday suffered severe facial injuries inflicted by the victim in return.

Robert Moses Leroy Russell, 38, was being treated after the encounter on the 1900 block of East 4th Avenue, slightly north of Merrill Field. Officers were called to a motorhome in the area at about 5:15 a.m., finding two bloodied men.

“The preliminary investigation found that an adult male and his wife were asleep in their RV motorhome when they woke up to the sound of someone on the roof,” police wrote. “When the male walked outside, he saw an adult male suspect on top of the RV attempting to steal his bicycle off the bike rack.”

At that point, police said, Russell began to fight the husband.

“During the fight, [Russell] punched the victim and stabbed him with a small pointed instrument,” police wrote. “The victim sustained several scratches as well as puncture wounds to the leg and chest. During the altercation, the suspect bit the victim on the arm. The victim then leaned down and bit the suspect back on the face, removing a large chunk of his nose.”

Both the victim and suspect were hospitalized for their injuries after the victim drove himself to the hospital. Police have obtained a warrant for Russell on second-degree assault charges, pending his release from medical care.

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